KOLKATA: Pressure has been building on Suvendu Adhikari, who is among the frontrunners in the race for leader of the opposition post in the West Bengal assembly. He holds the credit of winning the prestigious Nandigram seat, the epicentre of the battle for Bengal.
Bengal BJP leaders believe that CM Mamata Banerjee has targeted Suvendu by demanding recount of votes in Nandigram after the Election Commission announced him the winner. The EC website shows Suvendu defeated Banerjee by a margin of 1,956 votes.
“The CM is free to move court. The fact is people of Nandigram have given the verdict,” said Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. The stiffening of stance by either camp is an indicator of how things are going to pan out in the assembly in the days to come.
The situation on ground zero in Nandigram has fuelled communal tension in the area, accentuating the battle of nerves at the party level. According to BJP insiders, Suvendu deserves leader of the opposition post because he has emerged as “giant killer” in the poll.
“Leader of the opposition enjoys ministerial post,” a BJP leader said, pointing out that LoP status might protect Suvendu from “unnecessary harassment”.